Monthly Archives: September 2015

Zipper

IMG_20150926_140244I like to sew cloth. But occasionally, when I want to practice my skills or some techniques that I’m less good at, I sew other things.
This time I wanted to practice inserting zippers. To sew this cute pouch I use this tutorial. In Dana’s MADE EVERYDAY youtube channel you can find many short, easy and simple tutorials for basic sewing. many ideas and very suitable for beginners.
In this tutorial she teaches how to sew a regular zipper but I used an invisible zipper.IMG_20150926_150209 IMG_20150926_133441

My plans for fall

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 The end of summer, that for us also mean the beginning of a new year, is a good time to think and plan what I want to do and learn next.

 It is still very hot and humid here, and fall weather is not due to arrive until November. Despite this I’m dreaming about fall wardrobe.

 I think I had a success in my humble summer plans to sew and wear light cotton blouses, more skirts and dresses and wear less jeans and tee shirts. So encouraged by this here are my plans for the next season:

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To sew a few basic tops 

To sew a good fall/winter skirt (maybe wool?)

  To start knitting “spring line” sweater that I’m thinking about for 

To sew a manly shirt for G (because I never sew for him and he really deserve it)

     To learn at least one new skill (knitting or sewing)

Write this blog

Good luck me. Happy planning and creating. I’ll return to this post in 3 months and check if my plans were realistic and if I fulfilled my goals.

Quick and easy summer sewing for my kids

IMG_20150525_142253 - CopyMy kids, like many other kids I guess, don’t rush to get dressed in the morning. No matter what time it is or how hurry we are, they always take their time. Well, kids probably have their own clock.  And now that summer vacation is over and school and kindergarten started we have to deal with it all over again.

They don’t know what to wear in the morning.

To tell you the truth my kids closet is full of cloth, and they are big enough to go and pick their own outfit for themselves. I want them to feel comfortable in their cloths so that they    can move, run, jump, learn and have fun all day like kids should. And I don’t care if they get dirty. On the contrary. The problem is that “this is too tight” “this is too yellow” or “this looks funny” etc. It’s kind of hard to please them. And yes, I know we have to choose the cloths the evening before, we do that (many times), but it’s not working. What was good last night doesn’t always match the mood this morning. Eventually, what happens most of the times is that they pick the same garments again and again and again…. And O…O. what a mess it is if something is in the laundry basket.

Ha… Fortunately we always manage to get out in time and not be late for school/work (sigh of relief).

I love sewing for my kids. First, because you don’t need a lot of fabric to sew something pretty (a great stash buster). Also, working with small pieces of fabric make it easier and less intimidating to learn and practice new skills. It’s usually a quick project and a good quick satisfaction (we all need that too sometimes). But the most satisfying thing for me is when my kids love the things I make for them.

This summer I picked up the KIDS SHORTS by DANA MADE IT. And what a great versatile sort of pattern it is.

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I love this shorts and they loooooove to wear them. I made a few for him, with pockets and flat front: one in blue, one in gingham and one in some seersucker fabric. I don’t think he took them off all summer long.

For her I made one in floral medium weight cotton fabric, and it was such a big success that I made a blue and white gingham to our niece too.

 Well done Dana. Thank you.

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Another big success this summer were a few pairs of knit viscose leggings I made for her. No pattern here. I drafted the lines by outlining some leggings she likes to wear, added seam allowance and elastic band and sew with zigzag stitch on my regular sewing machine.

I already got orders for sewing next summer’s pants. I am one proud mom.

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Sorbetto top

IMG_20150918_113912 IMG_20150917_162346This shirt is the Sorbetto top by Colette patterns. This top is a very simple pattern  with only 2 pattern pieces, bias tape binding, and no closures or zippers. The pattern is suitable for light weight woven cotton fabrics. It requires just a small amount of fabric and it’s free. No wonder this is such a popular pattern all around the web and pinterest.

The original pattern has a nice pleat detail in the front. The floral top is sewn according to the original instructions, without changes except for a little shortening of the hem.The fabric is a light weight cotton lawn that I found in my stash.

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The white top is another version of the sorbetto. This time I decided to sew the pleat on the wrong side of the shirt and only on the bust area. This top is more fitted on top and looser on the hips. The fabric is a nice delicate and airy eyelet cotton. So perfect for summer.